• on Test & Measurement
  • Published in issue 7/2010 on page 20
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Ground-free DVM Module Supply from 5 V

(Summer Circuits 2010 article)

The majority of hand-held digital volt meters use an LCD screen and are powered from a nine volt battery. Inside is most probably an ICL7106 chip (or something compatible). This takes care of measuring the input and driving the LCD. This IC is very popular and can be found in other laboratory and homebrew equipment where it offers a simple solution for both measuring current/voltage and driving the display.
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